Renowned ABT dancer to speak about memoir in Bed-Stuy
Misty Copeland, who has made history as the only African-American soloist dancing with the renowned American Ballet Theatre (ABT), will visit Brooklyn on Jan. 26 to speak about her New York Times bestselling memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.” Appearing at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation for a Greenlight Bookstore event, the New York City resident will discuss her career as a ballerina and will sign books.
In her memoir, Copeland revisits her first experiences with ballet at an after-school community center. She recalls that no one expected her — a small, nervous 13-year-old — to become a pioneering dancer.
But soon after discovering ballet, Copeland — who was living in a cramped motel room with five siblings — was dancing en pointe. In just over a year, she began performing professionally — an astonishing feat for a classical dancer.
Copeland traces her career as it intersected with some of the less glamorous details of her personal life, including a highly publicized custody battle. “Life in Motion” offers readers a glimpse into the cutthroat world of professional ballet, while also illustrating a poignant story of a young woman who dared to dream of a different life.
The Jan. 26 event begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton St. (at Marcy Avenue). visit greenlightbookstore.com for tickets.
An $18.50 basic ticket includes a guaranteed seat and a copy of the book. A $75 VIP ticket (limited to 50 guests) includes premium event seating, private pre-event reception with Copeland from 6 to 7 p.m., and an exclusive final viewing of “I Am Here: Safe Places for Girls” photography exhibit following the event, as well as a copy of the book.
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